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The reality of Jesus Christ in this season of Christmas – Part 1

By Austen C. Ukachi
19 December 2021   |   3:55 am
In this Christmas season, we must reflect on what Jesus means to us and what difference He can make in us now, as a people going through sufferings, fear and anxiety caused by insecurity.

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In this Christmas season, we must reflect on what Jesus means to us and what difference He can make in us now, as a people going through sufferings, fear and anxiety caused by insecurity. In Northern Nigeria, the greatest concern now is insecurity and hunger. The same problem of insecurity has also overtaken the Eastern states. Here in the South West and South-South, aside the problem of insecurity, we have been witnessing incessant deaths affecting various women and children, due to accidents. In this season of Advent, can Jesus make any difference to suffering people who are feeling so vulnerable and helpless?

The significance of Christmas will be lost unless the reality of who Christ is, and why He came and died is made known to human hearts at a time like this. John Piper writes, “The meaning of Christmas is not only that God replaces shadows with Reality, but also that He takes the Reality and makes it real to His people.” So, then, what is the reality that Jesus has come to make in us?

The first reality we must come to terms with is the reality of who Jesus is. Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John17:3 NKJV). Knowing who Christ is and getting acquainted with Him is paramount to enjoying to Christmas.

The other reality we must grasp is about Immanuel, which is the name Jesus is known by. Immanuel means God with us.

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23 NKJV)

It is heartening to know that at a time the nation is bleeding from the scars inflicted on it by inept political leadership, we can draw strength and comfort from Jesus. If only we can embrace Jesus Christ, His presence around us can bring us strength and comfort.

The next reality is that Jesus Christ came to give us peace. Even in the present trauma, we can still have the peace of God in our hearts. Jesus’ words to His disciples were: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV)


Jesus Christ came to give us hope. The hope Jesus offers is the other reality of Christmas. Ecclesiastes 9:4 reads, “But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” (Ecclesiastes 9:4 NKJV). The one message we need now is the message of hope. We must all have hope of a better tomorrow and a better future. We must not given in to hopelessness.

These are times of great fear in the nation. We are all living in fear, due to insecurity, kidnapping, banditry, violence and attacks from herdsmen, among others. The fear is further heightened by real and fictitious stories on social media. How long this will continue is not known to any of us. However, we must know that Christ is “our present help in time of trouble.” So, we must not fear. Oh, how relevant are the words of the Psalmist in times like this! God is a very present help in these times of trouble. (Psalm 27; 46). Contact: pastoracukachi@gmail.com.